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2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 – $20,000

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube origins. Thanks to improvements in the transformers, distortion and noise are far lower than ever, bandwidth higher, dynamic range wider, transparency greater, and transient response better than ever. At 75Wpc (though 90 is typical), the 275 has virtually all the power PS needs, but for those who want more, it’s strappable to 150W.… Read the full article

AGD Production Vivace GaNTube Monoblock Amplifiers

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

AGD Production Vivace GaNTube Monoblock Amplifiers

I hear this term thrown around loosely… “disruptive product,” sometimes appropriately used… however in this case, we have a winner.

I’ve been on a mission lately, unintentional as it may seem, to be reviewing Class-D based amplifiers. Talk about a dirty word. I’ve had so many in an out of here, my head is spinning. No idea why that is happening, but I’m having a blast nonetheless. But, I’ll be honest. Most of the time, it’s a similar sound. Sometimes a little more here and a little less there, but this time I’ve got something here that truly redefines Class D.… Read the full article

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Thorardson Hi-Fi Amplifiers

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

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DEQX HD Amplifiers

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Famous Australian manufacturer DEQX has released a range of multichannel and monobloc amplifiers based on Hypex N-Core technology.

We’ve been looking for ways to offer the customers of our processors the highest-end amplifier performance that’s affordable because many DEQX users need two or three amplifiers per speaker for DEQX’s 3rd generation speaker/room correction architecture,’ said Kim Ryrie of DEQX. ‘Our third generation active architecture provides about a hundred times more DSP processing compared to traditional DSP, but it is needed to deliver the potentially perfect frequency and timing/phase response calibration inherent in high-definition music sources.Read the full article

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PMI Belles Aria Preamplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers Review

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

It’s all about simplicity, and it is something audiophiles tend to forget. It seems the machinery of industry always wants to push a new feature, another aspect of operational complexity. Our cars are becoming technologically laden, far more so than computers of ten years ago. Phones are ubiquitous with the continual addition of functionality. Bluetooth invisibly conjoins mobile audio devices. Our homes are becoming “smart,” our children questionably so. Why, then, shouldn’t our components and systems for the home two-channel system also become more complex?

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Become more active with DEQX’s HD amplifiers

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Active loudspeakers – they can bring forth numerous aesthetic and audible advantages over their passive brethren. The case against centres on the elimination of choice. With electronics living inside the loudspeaker cabinet, no longer are we free to select our own amplifier or DAC. For many audiophiles, being able to mix and match devices is FUNdamental to the pursuit of better sound.

Internalised electronics alone don’t make a loudspeaker active. The amplification stage sitting after the crossover and operating at the driver level is what counts.… Read the full article

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PS Audio Stellar M700 Mono Amplifiers

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

Pete's Smaller System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Angel City Audio “Seraphim” in Rosewood, Apogee Acoustics Scintilla. 1 Ohm fully refurbished.

ELECTRONICS 

Spectron Musician III with V-caps/Bybee filters/Premium Fuses, Pro-Ject Phono Box DS+ phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: Mytek Stereo192 DSD DAC, M-Audio Profire 610 ADC for archiving analog to high resolution PCM.

Software: Custom front end using modified Kodi back-end as a renderer controlled via JRiver Media Center. Bit perfect digital to DAC via Firewire.… Read the full article

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15 ‘must-hear’ super-integrated amplifiers

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Go hard or go home. The clarion call of the maximalist audiophile compiling an audio system for ultimate sound quality irrespective of its floor- and rack-space requirements, the hairball of interconnects that joins one component to another or the numerous credit card swipes that brings them home – see above. A solid understanding of how to mix and match components is mandatory. Understanding equates to experience. Experience takes time.

Enter the minimalist, drawn to audio systems where the box count is driven south for shorter signal paths, fewer interconnects and fewer power cables.… Read the full article

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Audio Perfectionist to Display New McIntosh Amplifiers

By | July 14th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Return of the Mc

by Venoth Nair

 

If you’re a huge McIntosh fan (like me) then this might be some fantastic news! The Folks at Audio Perfectionist are back on board for the KL International AV Show 2018 after a 2 season hiatus. They are returning with absolute muscle this time as part of their display includes the latest heavyweight integrated amplifier, The MA 9000.

 

Not for the Faint Hearted, the McIntosh MA 9000 is one serious Integrated Amplifier
Not for the Faint Hearted, the McIntosh MA 9000 is one serious Integrated Amplifier

This titanic amplifier symbolizes McIntosh’s assault into the new world of digital audio with its DA 1 digital module.… Read the full article

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2018 Editors’ Choice Awards: Power Amplifiers $3,000 – $6,000

By | May 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2018 Editors' Choice Awards: Power Amplifiers $3,000 - $6,000

First Watt F7 $3000 For over fifteen years First Watt has served as Nelson Pass’ creative playground, allowing him to explore unusual low-power designs with an emphasis on sound quality. The F7 is intended as an improved version of the popular F5, a 25Wpc stereo push-pull Class A amplifier. What makes the F7 so special is its inherent textural sweetness and warm tonality. There are many solid-state amps out there that manage to sound smooth and refined yet lack the organic character of live music.… Read the full article

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